Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dean Hutton, BHS '67 (1949-2014)

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Oh I'm so sorry to share this with you... Please keep Dean's family in your prayers

Dean William Hutton

Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 3:30 am

Port Townsend, Washington Nov. 2, 1949 – July 26, 2014

Dean William Hutton passed away in Port Townsend on June 26, 2014. He was 64.

Dean was born on Nov. 2, 1949 in Santa Monica, California. He graduated from Burbank High School and obtained a B.A. in history at San Francisco State University. He then began a career in firefighting, first in the California Department of Forestry, then at the Ukiah Fire Department. He served as firefighter, captain, paramedic, and battalion chief before retiring in 2002. Dean loved working at the fire department and was integral to starting the department’s paramedic program.

Dean was an avid backpacker and shared his love of California’s Sierra Nevada with many, especially his daughter. The Port Townsend community meant a lot to Dean, who enjoyed having breakfast at the Food Co-op, walking the town paths, and talking with Ernie, Michael, Roger, Viva, Bill, Janie, his neighbors and many others. Most of all, Dean loved helping others, and family members said that he will be dearly missed by themselves and his friends in both California and Washington. He is survived by daughter Mattie Hutton and son-in-law Justin Badlam of Washington, D.C., and brother Alan Hutton of Tucson, Arizona.

“Going to the mountains is going home.” – John Muir

In lieu of flowers, donations to the International Association of Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation are welcome:


2008 Email from Dean

Jeanne Barron Aikman
I'm so sorry to hear this.

Mary Ogle
Shocked & saddened. We'd just reconnected & I knew he was in poor health & undergoing more surgeries but this is sad. At least he made it to his daughter's wedding a couple months ago. He was so proud of her & so happy that he was able to travel & be at her wedding. Thoughts & prayers are with Mattie & the rest of the family.

My sister Janet & I recently reconnected with Dean and he's been in poor health for several years. Injured on the job as a fireman and had many surgeries. Last time we spoke a month ago he had another surgery scheduled....
He's at peace now & out of pain.

Starr Johnson
Very sorry to hear this. He was so young. May he R.I.P

Dee Dee Daugharty Culotta
What is going on with your class of '67? So many of your classmates have passed on. I don't think the class of '66 has lost as many as you guys have... I am stunned...

Neal Steven Hershenson
Dean Hutton was the Best Man at my wedding to Sayoko forty (40) years ago in Eureka, CA. We celebrate knowing and loving him, but we are stunned and diminished by his passing.

Linda Everett
Dean was my first boyfriend back in sixth grade at Emerson. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was such a great guy.

Shari Johnson
Dean and I went through school from Emerson Elementary to Burbank High. Always had a secret crush on that cute boy. I will always remember what he said to me at a reunion. : )
I'm saddened but will always have some wonderful memories of Dean.

John Ferguson
Thanks for sharing

Lucinda Zeigler
Thank you for the update

David Hourigan
Heartbreaking. Dean was one of those people you never forget. He had a great sense of humor.
He will be missed. A huge loss for the Class of '67.

Fran Henriksen
So very sad..

Kent Barcus
Dean was sharp and funny; condolences to his loved ones and friends..

Don Ray
What a shame. Such a good guy.

Betty Worland
This news is so shocking. My deepest condolences to his family and his many friends! This is why our reunions are so important now! You just never know and I embrace the time I get to spend with all my classmates. You were all a big chapter in my growing years. Cathy Emmett Palmer, does anyone know what happened? RIP, Dean.

Cathy Emmett Palmer
Betty, all I know is what was posted.

Diane Ward
I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

Betty Worland
Cathy, I guess he had been sick for awhile. Read a comment that mentioned that! Very sad to hear! Thanks Mary Ogle for the update! So sorry to hear this news! I remember him well at BHS but never knew what happened to him. so sorry to hear he has been sick but like you said, he is at peace now and out of pain! Again, my deepest condolences to his family and all his friends. ♥

Mark Pollock
We were all better off for his having been our friend

Betsey Nash
So sorry for him & his family.

Jim Grasse
A huge loss for the Class of '67.

Dona Foy Porcaro Bruckner
So sad!

Dani Marie Kleist
Sorry to hear of his passing.

Steve Raine
So sorry to hear about this. Takes me back to basketball days.

Annette Dayman
My sincere condolences to his family, I knew him at Burbank High a super guy!

Linda Duffendack Oxley
My parents and Dean's parents were very good friends for many years during our years at John Muir and the first couple of years at Burbank High School.
We planned our first boy-girl party together at our house on Grinnell. Probably when we were in 7th grade. I remember Dean's father set up a disco mirrored ball that shot wonderful light all around the room. And I think my dad made hamburgers for everybody. Dean and I spent hours pouring over our 45's to select just the right music to play for dancing at the party. I especially remember "Peggy Sue" because we called it the "chance dance." Dean thought because it was so fast that no one would be able to dance all the way through it.
A great guy. A good friend through junior high and high school early years. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers go to his family!

Diana Ziegler Larsen
I'm so sorry. RIP.

David De Hart
I am shocked by this news. Dean and I reconnected on Facebook about 5 months ago. I was so happy about communicating with him. I had not seen him since he was a fireman in Ukiah. We played a lot of basketball together in Burbank and I loved his wonderful sense of humor. He always treated me so well. We had an awesome mind bending trip to Big Sur while he was at SF State I will never forget. He was a stand up guy and nice to everyone. RIP old buddy.

Betsey Nash
Yes, loved his spirit, evident even in high school.

Joan Nobile Ortega
Rest in Peace, Dean.

Robbin Perry Moore
So sorry to hear about Dean. Life is so short for some. He will be greatly missed.

FEBRUARY 11, 2015
A couple of sweet photos from Facebook of Dean at his daughter Mattie's wedding in 2014

1 comment:

  1. Jim Grasse8/6/14, 5:08 PM

    A huge loss for the Class of '67.